Early Look: 2019 IBJJF No-Gi World Championships

We are just under a month away from the final major tournament of the year: the 2019 IBJJF No-Gi World Championships.

Set to go down in Anaheim, California, on Dec. 12-15, the event has already netted a sizable competitors list that includes some of today’s top-ranked athletes.

Watch the 2019 IBJJF No-gi World Championships LIVE Dec. 12*-15 LIVE On FloGrappling


Light-feather is currently among the more stacked black belt divisions and features a bevy of exciting potential matchups. The fresh black belt Jonnas Andrade is set to mix it up with talented veterans, including Lucas Pinheiro, Renez Lopez, Hiago George, and Gabriel Souza, among others.

A few no-gi world champions have also thrown their names into the hat for this year's festivities, including Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu in at ultra-heavy, Otavio Sousa will fight middleweight, Samir Chantre is signed up as feather, and Marcio Andre is featured at Lightweight.  

Marcio Andre.

Women's past champions already registered to compete include Karen Antunes, Mayssa Bastos, registered at Light and roosterweight, respectively. Other key competitors in the women's ranks included like Talita Alencar, Amanda Monteiro, Catherine Perret, Amanda Lowen, Thamara Ferreira, and Raquel Canuto.


Competitors List as of 11/14/19

BLACK / Adult / Male / Rooster

Ares BJJTaniel Santos de Jesus
PSLPB Cicero CosthaThalison Vitorino Soares
Tri-Force Jiu-Jitsu AcademyNobuhiro Sawada
Unity Jiu-jitsuDavid B. Zennario
Total: 4

BLACK / Adult / Male / Light-Feather

Atos JJ USALucas dos Santos Pinheiro
Brasa CTARene Eduardo Lopez
PSLPB Cicero CosthaFrancisco Jonas Borges Andrade
PSLPB Cicero CosthaHiago George Santos Silva
Renato Tavares AssociationSuraj Kumar Budhram
Werdum Combat Team FranceAnthony Guy De Oliveira
ZR Team CaliforniaJoão Gabriel Batista de Sousa
Total: 7

BLACK / Adult / Male / Feather

Ares BJJSamir José Chantre Dahás
Fight SportsOrlando Fernando Castillo Andaviza
Fight Sports InternationalThomas James Halpin
GF TeamIsrael de Sousa Almeida
Tinguinha BJJ AcademyCole Thomas Franson
Unity Jiu-Jitsu BrasilThiago Aguiar Abud
Zenith BJJEmilio Alejandro Hernandez-Rodgriquez
Total: 7

BLACK / Adult / Male / Light

Absolute MMA AustraliaLachlan John Warne
Alliance CharlotteFrederico Augusto Alves Silva
Alliance Marcelo GarciaAthos Ribeiro de Miranda
Carpe DiemTomoshige Sera
Nova UniãoMarcio Andre da Costa Barbosa Junior
Open Mat Mixed Martial ArtsDaniel Seth Davis
Rodrigo Freitas Brazilian Jiu-JitsuRodrigo Lamounier de Freitas
Zenith BJJLeonardo Domingos Costa Benedito
Total: 8

BLACK / Adult / Male / Middle

99 Nine Nine JJ - InternationalSergio Raimundo Rios da Silva
GF Team OhioRobert G. Malof
Gracie Barra Huntington BeachOtavio Ferreira de Sousa
Gracie Barra NottinghamOliver Johnathon Lovell
Pirâmide Grappling AssociationMarco Aurellio de Queiroz
Unity Jiu-jitsuFelipe Cesar Silva
Total: 6

BLACK / Adult / Male / Medium-Heavy

Alliance SPEdson Antonio de Oliveira Filho
BARBOSA JIU-JITSUMarcos Vinicius de Oliveira Martins
Hilti BJJ TurkuJaakko Vilander
Total: 3

BLACK / Adult / Male / Heavy

American Top Team Junior FernandesCharles Kilyan Mcguire
Atos Jiu-JitsuHelton Jose Mendes da Silva Junior
CheckMatJackson Sousa dos Santos
Inglorious GrapplersMax Leon Bickerton
Ralph GracieNicholas Greene
Unity Jiu-jitsuDevhonte M. Johnson
Total: 6

BLACK / Adult / Male / Super-Heavy

Checkmat NorthridgeArnaldo Maidana de Oliveira
Gracie Humaita InternationalJan Victor Zander
Team Lloyd IrvinRoberto Torralbas
Yemaso Brazilian Jiu-JitsuEliot Andrew Kelly
Total: 4

BLACK / Adult / Male / Ultra-Heavy

Fight SportsRoberto de Abreu Filho
Vinny Magalhaes BJJVinicius de Magalhães
Total: 2

BLACK / Adult / Female / Rooster

GF TeamMayssa Caldas Pereira Bastos
Gracie Barra New MexicoAmber Rymarz-freitas
Total: 2

BLACK / Adult / Female / Light-Feather

Brazilian Top Team - ATXPatrícia Magalhães Machado
GF TeamAmanda Monteiro Nogueira
Notorious Mixed Martial ArtsFiona M. Watson
Total: 3

BLACK / Adult / Female / Feather

Absolute MMA AustraliaLiwia Gluchowska
Alliance Los AngelesAna Talita de Oliveira Alencar
Atos Jiu-JitsuHeather H. Raftery
Atos JJ InternationalGeorgina Contel Gallego
CheckMatGabriela Meireles Fechter
CheckMat USAKaren Deisy Antunes Girotto Borges
Total: 6

BLACK / Adult / Female / Light

Brazil 021 InternationalKristin Mikkelson
CheckMat USACatherine Fuhro Perret
Mako Team ParisVeronica Macedo Fernandez
Total: 3

BLACK / Adult / Female / Middle

Barum Jiu-JitsuAnna Sophia Maria Nordenö
CheckMatRaquel Dayne Kaleialoha Canuto
Gracie Humaita InternationalHannah Katharina Rauch
SBG International (SBGI)Amanda Loewen
Total: 4

BLACK / Adult / Female / Medium-Heavy

Checkmat New YorkVedha Clemente Toscano
PSLPB Cicero CosthaThamara Ferreira Silva
Soul Fighters TexasJessica Lynn Guedry
Total: 3

BLACK / Adult / Female / Heavy

BARBOSA JIU-JITSUGraciele Del Fava De Carvalho
Total: 1

BLACK / Adult / Female / Super-Heavy

Gracie Barra New MexicoTammy M Griego
Total: 1


Go here for the full list of competitors.

Who Will Take The Podium At 2019 No-Gi Worlds?

2019 has been a hard year on competitors — most are burnt out from ADCC and others are already preparing for the 2020 season. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Farias & Agazarm To Scrap At Fight To Win's Final Event The Year

Watch Fight To 133: Agazarm vs Farias

No-Gi Worlds: Black Belt Division Reactions

December 12-15, the IBJJF will be hosting their 12th edition of the World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship at the Anaheim Convention Center. While a few factors (ADCC burnout, points requirements and fear of the daunting first ever USADA tests at No-Gi Worlds) have led to sparsely filled black belt divisions, there are still quite a few juggernauts of the sport registered along with a solid group of newcomers doing their first major tournament at black belt.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

A List Of All Black Belts Signed Up For 2019 IBJJF World No-Gi Championship

null

The wait is over and the deadline has passed – we now know who's signed up for No-Gi Worlds.

Buchecha Opens Up On His Disappointing ADCC And Why He Hates Trash Talk

Buchecha opened up in an hour-long interview on Nick The Tooth's podcast where he discussed his love for surfing and reveals why he underperformed at ADCC. 

Gabriel Arges vs Tommy Langaker: The Rematch That Needs To Happen

During the Spyder King of King Championship in Korea, we sat down to interview two-time IBJJF World Champion Gabriel Arges. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Scandal, Suspension, Drugs & More: Erberth Describes His Difficult 2019

Erberth Santos opened up in a lengthy social media post that provided a blow-by-blow account of his 2019, which included auto wrecks, unplanned pregnancy, drug addiction, and the loss of his gym.

Gordon Ryan Leaks Strategy And Predicts How He Will Submit Bo Nickal

Today, competitors are focusing on wrestling more than ever. After seeing wrestlers like Nick Rodrigeuz have incredible success at ADCC, wrestling is becoming an increasingly hot topic in the jiu-jitsu community. 

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

After Knee Surgery, 2-Time ADCC Champ Yuri Simoes Is Eyeing A Move To MMA

Yuri Simoes had hoped to make history at the ADCC World Championships in 2019. Champion at 88kg in 2015 and 99kg in 2017, Simoes wanted to try and win gold in the +99kg division. This would have made him the first person to become an ADCC three-division champion. 

Gordon Ryan Can't Leg Lock Bo Nickal, The Stats Say It Doesn't Even Matter

Within the past decade, jiu-jitsu's most impactful evolution can be traced back to one gym: Renzo Gracie Academy NYC. The Danaher Death Squad has taken the competition scene by storm with the use of John Danaher's technical leg lock system. They've been so successful applying it that most competitors completely avoid playing leglocks with members of the DDS.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In